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Board & Staff

Who We Are

Board Members

  • Sharon Hoffman-Manning, Chair

    Senior Director, Santa Cruz Nutritionals

  • Suzanne M. Sicora-Ludwig, Vice Chair

    Councilwoman, City of New Brunswick, NJ

  • Jacqueline Rivera, Secretary

    Social Worker, Franklin Middle School

  • Dennis Doll, Treasurer

    President & CEO/Middlesex Water Company

  • Ellen Clarkson, Member-at-Large

    Chief Operating Officer, The Citizens Campaign

  • William Berlin

    Professor, Department of Political Science and Law, Montclair State University

  • Edina Brown

    Councilwoman, Old Bridge Township

  • John W. Downs, Sr.

    President/CEO, Venture and Venture

  • Amy Jumbelic

    VP Strategy & Digitization, Johnson & Johnson

  • Alton Kinsey

    Retired Doctor, James Street Associates

  • Susanne Peticolas

    Director, Gibbons PC

  • Tracie Stewart

    Franchise Director, Johnson & Johnson

Board Members Emeritus

  • Midge Golin

    Retired Attorney, Hamilton & Golin
    Former Deputy Director, Division of Rate Counsel, New Jersey Public Advocate

  • Gerald Pomper

    Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department, Rutgers University

Board Liaisons

  • Betsy Capp

    Graphic Designer

  • Judith Martin Waterman

    Freelance Editor

Staff Members

  • Executive Director
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex. 1

    Stephanie Brown began working with CASA of Middlesex County in February 2015 after spending three years working as an Advocate Coordinator in two large urban CASA programs. Prior to that, she was a caseworker for Child Protective Services in Texas. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology is from Linfield College in Oregon and her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a focus on Community and Administrative Leadership, is from the University of Texas. While at the University of Texas, Stephanie completed the Nonprofit Portfolio program through the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. Stephanie is a Licensed Social Worker. In her current role as the Executive Director of CASA of Middlesex County, Stephanie spends most of her time supporting staff, fundraising, and collaborating with the board, as we continue developing and improving the quality and quantity of services provided to kids.

  • Senior Program Coordinator
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex. 3

    Colette’s experience with the Middlesex County CASA program started in May 2011 when she began volunteering as an Advocate for CASA. In October 2012, she became a CASA employee and she has been supervising CASA volunteers ever since. Colette remains dedicated to ensuring that every volunteer, and ultimately child, receives the support they need. She also manages and processes much of the data that is collected by the organization, she trains new volunteers, and she maintains relationships with the Courts and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). Colette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and an extensive background working for an international IT provider.

  • Program Coordinator
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex. 2

    Alba started working with CASA in November 2020. Her bubbly and energetic personality is contagious and makes her great with people. Her passion is to help make a difference in the world and with CASA. She does that one child at a time. Born and raised in Dominican Republic she is determined to support the Hispanic and Latinx community. She volunteered as a retreat leader during her undergraduate career while obtaining a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. Alba will be completing her Masters of Public Administration in May 2021.

  • Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex. 6

    As an Administrative Assistant, Maame provides exceptional support to CASA staff and volunteers. After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Political Science and Psychology, she joined CASA of NJ. In July 2019, Maame became a CASA of Middlesex County staff, where she continues to provide tremendous Administrative support to CASA and Volunteers.

  • Program Coordinator
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex.4

    Nora has been working for CASA since January 2019. She deeply cares about the children’s well-being and is passionate about raising awareness for the mission of the organization and the kids who are living in out of home placement. Nora loves working with people and supporting the advocates. Her goal is to provide a solid support for the advocates so they can feel comfortable in their role, and make lifelong changes in the lives of the kids they are advocating for. Nora was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary where she earned her degrees in Communication, Adult Learning Education and Project Management. She has more than ten years of experience in non-profit management and organizational development.

  • Outreach Coordinator
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex.5

    Paul is a New Jersey native but he has also lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida for several years. While in Florida, he held several positions in child welfare, including a child protective investigator and supervisor, a policy analyst, and in management for a non-profit child welfare agency. Since returning to NJ, he spent several years with the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, working with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency in their local offices in Essex and Monmouth Counties. He is an alumnus of Central College (BA) in Iowa and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University (MS) in New Brunswick, NJ. Professionally, he is passionate in assuring that the needs and interests of the child in the child welfare system always comes first and foremost.

  • Peer Coordinators

    After practicing the role of the CASA advocate, some of our volunteers accept leadership roles as Peer Coordinators. Peer Coordinators provide their expertise and guidance to 5-10 new CASA volunteers at any given time. This allows CASA to increase the number of children we can help without significantly increasing costs related to adding new staff members. These incredible people come from many different backgrounds and experiences, bringing their talents and abilities to the growing body of knowledge accessible by CASA advocates. We could not do this work without them!

    Michael Buchman, Susan Druckman, Bethany Fishbein, Caren Iskowitz, Linda Kinsey, Judith Martin Waterman, Rekha Sali, Bernadette Varley, Diane Wanat, Toni Hendrix, Michael Reina, Maggie Manza, Bhopan Krishnan

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